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Headlocks and grapevines (wrestling) part VI  He was "une ennemi intime" of Sarkozy. An enemy of mutual hatred, like a sport. You know, Sarkozy would make for a terrible wrestler, he said. And how would you know, I asked?  On view: The Wrestlers at the Uffizi Museum, Firenze, Italy.

The Wrestlers also known as The Two Wrestlers, The Uffizi Wrestlers or The Pancrastinae, roman marbl sculpture copy of a Greek original of the 3 BC.

Victim: A cast of the Muleteer. This victim was discovered near a skeleton of a mule under a porticoe of the Palaestra, Pompeii - article and pictures from exhibition at British Museum (some images may offend)

Sin City: It's the most moving exhibition of the year, capturing the moment entire families were burnt alive in Pompeii. But it also reveals how utterly depraved the Romans were

Pompeii exhibition at the British Museum captures the day the sky fell in on Sin City

Black-figured amphora showing a boxing contest, made in Athens about 550-500 BC, signed by the potter Nikosthenes, from Agrigento (Sicily), British Museum, London

Boxers wearing himantes (leather thongs bound on the fist) are about to exchange blows.

Nude athlete forming the handle of a bronze strigil (another view), herself holding a strigil. Etruscan, found in a sarcophagus from Praeneste (Palestrina), c. 300 BCE. London, British Museum.

Nude athlete forming the handle of a bronze strigil (another view), herself holding a strigil. Etruscan, found in a sarcophagus from Praeneste (Palestrina), c.

Nude athlete forming the handle of a bronze strigil (another view), herself holding a strigil. Etruscan, found in a sarcophagus from Praeneste (Palestrina), c. 300 BCE. London, British Museum.

Nude athlete forming the handle of a bronze strigil (another view), herself holding a strigil. Etruscan, found in a sarcophagus from Praeneste (Palestrina), c.

ATHLETES ENGAGED IN THE PENTATHLON (BRITISH MUSEUM, B 134).

ATHLETES ENGAGED IN THE PENTATHLON (BRITISH MUSEUM, B 134).

a dwarf boxer. British museum.

The Portland, Oregon, Art Museum recently held an exhibition of more than 120 items from the British Museum’s collection of Greek and Roman art. Shown below are some photographs of the ancient art .

Sealstone engraved with an athlete.  Provenance : temple d'Artémis (Ephèse). | The Trustees of the British Museum

British Museum - Highlight imageSealstone with the goddess Nike crowning an athlete Greek, century BC, found at the Temple of Artemis at Ephesos, modern Turkey.

Etruscan bronze statue of a javelin thrower C.550BC Chiusi  British Museum

Etruscan bronze statue of a javelin thrower Chiusi British Museum

Pottery Panathenaic amphora: Athena (back: horsemen throwing javelin).       Classical Greek (late) 425BC-400BC.  © The Trustees of the British Museum

*GREECE ~ Pottery Panathenaic amphora: Athena (back: horsemen throwing javelin). Classical Greek (late) © The Trustees of the British Museum

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